Law enforcement and other first responders frequently have contact with residents who have communication, cognitive and physical needs that make providing services to them more difficult. Emergency situations often create high anxiety, excitement and physical demands thus exacerbating these pre-existing conditions. In an effort to preemptively address these needs, the Warrington Township Police Department has embarked on an initiative to better assist our residents with special needs called, ‘Handle with Care’. ‘Handle with Care’ residents can include, but are not limited to, elderly, dementia, Alzheimer’s, autistic, or any other cognitive or physical condition which may require specific attention or assistance in an emergency. Warrington officers have been compiling a database which will provide first responders with the information they need to help a special needs resident who is without their caregiver, who may have wandered from home or who otherwise is in need of assistance. This form will provide the officers with vital information to ensure the ‘Handle with Care’ resident is properly cared for in an emergency situation. All information in the registry will be held in strict confidence.
Please feel free to contact the police department if you or someone you know might benefit from participation. The form is available here.
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